Parenthesis: An explanation inserted in a sentence. The fol-
lowing curved lines ().
Paresis: A mild form of paralysis.
Paretic: Relating to paresis; partially paralyzed.
Parity: Equality; like state or degree; analogy; close resem-
Paroxysm: Fit; convulsion; spasm.
Patent: Clear; plain; manifest.
Pathogenic: Giving origin to disease; causing illness.
Pathological: Relating to disease.
Pathologist: One versed or skilled in pathology, the science of
Patter-song: A comic song in which the words are uttered with
Paucity: Fewness; smallness in number.
Pectoral: Relating to the chest.
Pemmican: A food used by explorers.
Percussion: The act of striking; the shock produced by a
Perforce: Necessarily; by all means.
Peripheral: External; at the surface of the body.
Peripherie: Same as peripheral.
Periphrasis: A roundabout expression; a circumlocution.
Periphrases: Plural of periphrasis.
Pernicious: Hurtful; vicious; injurious.
Peroration: The concluding part of an oration.
Per se: By itself; in and of itself.
Perspicuity: Clearness; plainness.
Pertinent: Fitting; proper; suitable; not foreign to the matter.
Perversion: The act of perverting, corrupting, or distorting;
the state of being thus perverted; impairment; injury;